Everybody’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day
By Sally Deering
Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Ireland’s rich culture, a nod to its heritage and a deep reverence for an Irish missionary who loved his country and became Ireland’s Patron Saint in the 7th Century. Fast forward 14 centuries to 2011. Parade and party revelers are preparing for March 17th, shopping for shamrock-speckled ties, pointy Leprechaun hats and green lipstick while bars everywhere are stocking brewskies for those who regard St. Paddy’s Day as the perfect excuse to get hammered, plastered, clobbered, blotto, juiced, loaded and obliterated. You don’t have to be Irish to get jiggy at your local watering hole; everybody’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day.
But is that the only way to celebrate the Emerald Isle?
Not here in Hudson. Towns like Hoboken, Jersey City and Bayonne which mirror New York City on New Jersey’s waterfront join the Big Apple and other cities with celebratory parades, corned beef and cabbage dinners and other ‘green’ events in honor of Ireland’s beloved St. Patrick and the country that brought James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Sean O’Casey, WB Yates, Spencer Tracy, Liam Neeson, Maureen O’Hara and the Celtic Women, into our lives. Continue reading Hudson County Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Parades and Parties